Full NFHCA Release
STORRS, Conn. - After a 5-0 start, a 4-0 clip against top-20 opponents and the fourth-best scoring margin (3.2) in Division I, the UConn field hockey team was pegged No.1 in this week's Penn Monto/ NFHCA Division I Poll.
Following a loss by No. 1 Duke (4-1), the Huskies propelled from second to first with 1,129 points and 28 first-place votes. UConn now remains one of four undefeated teams in DI and is outscoring its opponents 20-4 so far in 2017.
Head Coach Nancy Stevens has now led the UConn field hockey program to its fourth No. 1 ranking since taking over at the helm. Stevens and the Huskies last held the distinction in 2016, after a 9-0 start to the season.
Penn State (5-0) and Syracuse (7-0) claim the second and third spot, respectively, after a pair of wins to extend their perfect mark this fall. The Nittany Lions received 1,083 points and 13 first-place votes, while Syracuse garnered 1,024 points with three first-place votes.
Duke fell four sports to No. 4, while Virginia (5-1) rose five spots to No. 5 after knocking off the Blue Devils, 4-1, last week.
On Monday, seniors Charlotte Veitner and Casey Umstead were named the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, after a 2-0 week for the Huskies. Additionally, Umstead has been tabbed to the Longstreth/ NFHCA Division I Team twice this fall.
In addition to its top-four scoring margin, UConn has garnered a handful of top NCAA statistics. Veitner currently ranks fourth in the nation with 1.20 goals per game, while sophomore Svea Boker's 1.00 assists per game rank eighth. As a team, the Huskies are averaging 4.00 goals per game to sit fifth amongst all DI programs.
UConn opens conference play next week with a home tilt against BIG EAST foe Old Dominion on Friday, Sept. 15. The match is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Sherman Family Complex.